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Amazon Fire TV vs Fire TV Stick: What Should You Buy?

If you have friends or family invested in the Amazon ecosystem of products, there's a good chance that they'll want an Amazon Fire TV. The only …

Home Theater

Sony debuts the new Alpha 9 mirrorless camera with 20fps continuous shooting

Minutes ago, Sony announced the new Alpha 9 flagship with and a new G Master telephoto lens. The Alpha 9’s cherry on top is a new digital 35mm full-frame stacked 24.2MP CMOS sensor, with 20fps continuous shooting. It will be available next month for $4,500 in the United States and $5,299 in …

Cameras

GoPro to release prosumer spherical camera in fall 2017

GoPro today announced the Fusion, a camera capable of capturing spherical video for use in VR and standard video formats through a software solution. The camera will be released this fall. GoPro has yet to name the price. If nothing else GoPro is becoming a camera company again.<p>The Fusion shows …

GoPro

Ultrasonic clothes dryers set to shake up the laundry

Last year, scientists at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) revealed they were working on ultrasonic clothes drying …

Inventions

The RemoBell is a smart doorbell that lets you answer the door no matter where you are

Why it matters to you<p>Sometimes, you can't get to the door. But the RemoBell will bring the door (and whoever's at it) to the palm of your hand.<p>Don’t …

Predictive Analytics

Apple Watch Series 3 Rumors: What Apple’s Planning for its Next Smartwatch

Although the smartwatch is still very much a niche category, it's hard to deny that the Apple Watch has established itself at the top of the heap for …

Smartwatches

MakerBot: A brief history

This gadget can let you talk in up to 80 languages

If you don't have the time to learn a new language, you can typically depend on apps to help bridge a communication gap. For next level intra-language conversations in real-time, though, you might need some extra translation power.<p>Travis, a remote control-like gadget that's small enough to fit in …

Gear & Gadgets

Apple adds Earth Day fitness badge to Apple Watch

Just a couple of days after releasing its new NikeLab version of the Apple Watch, Apple is leveraging the device's reputation as a fitness tool to join in the Earth Day festivities.<p>Early Saturday, Apple CEO Tim Cook posted a photo of a new special edition achievement badge on the Apple Watch …

Smartwatches

4 tools to keep even the most easily-distracted people focused

Everyone has had a day where you just can’t focus. No matter how many things you need to get done that day, you find yourself on Facebook or staring out a window. These days can put a series crimp in your workload for the week – particularly if you have a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it in.<p>…

Productivity

GoPro has a new 360 VR camera that you can't have

The spherical camera, called Fusion, is small and wearable, but a lot of other details are a mystery.<p>GoPro's been deep into developing commercial VR capture systems for a couple years now. First, there was the large Google Jump-optimized Odyssey, then the significantly smaller Omni and now, the …

Videography

Sony hopes its full-frame A9 makes pros forget about DSLRs

Sony held an event in New York City today, where it unveiled its new flagship full-frame camera, the A9. This mirrorless shooter, which the company is pegging as a DSLR killer, is geared toward professional photographers -- especially those who shoot sports and other fast-paced environments. The A9 …

Cameras

Sling TV streams live broadcasts to your LG Smart TV

If you're a cord cutter, you no longer have to worry about buying a dedicated media player just to watch live broadcasts on your LG TV. Sling TV's internet-only service is now available on "most" of LG's 2016-era webOS sets as an app, with 2017 models due to get it in the months ahead. In theory, …

Apple TV

How the new Moto G Plus can literally change your life

Smartphones have completely altered the way many of us look at the world. Everything you need to know, discover and share now lives right in the palm of your hand.<p>Having this much technology at your fingertips and in your pocket is a luxury that no generation has had before. And that's pretty …

Phones

A shower of April TVs brings May flowers on TV

Audiophile

The ultrasonic dryer can take clothes from wet to ready to wear in 20 minutes

Why it matters to you<p>In five years, dryes that suck up lots of energy and take forever could be things of the past.<p>As dryers have become more energy …

Consumer Reports

Why Professional Athletes Love This Fitness Band

Life is hard, but I don't need to tell you that. You've probably already walked a mile-and-a-half in heels, lugged a bunch of packages to the post …

Wearable Tech

Sprinkl helps your lawn weather the summer affordably

Depending on where you live, water conservation is a major concern come summer. Everyone wants a beautiful yard and garden, but watering them can cost -- and it's not always as environmentally friendly as we hope.<p>But a class of gadgets that control irrigation systems has grown over the past few …

Smart Homes

Persuading your older parents to take the smart home leap

Smart home devices can help aging adults live independently and give caregivers peace of mind -- as long as you know how to start the conversation.<p><i>This is part of CNET's "</i><i>Tech Enabled</i><i>" series about the role technology plays in helping the disability community.</i><p>First, Sophie Godek tried to read books …

Smart Homes

Best International Phone Plans: What Travelers Need to Know

Traveling to another part of the world can be an exciting way to experience new cultures, but it requires a little prep on your part. You have to get …

Phones

Sony vs. Bose noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones: Which one sounds better?

The Audiophiliac swallows his distaste for Bluetooth and pits two $350 wireless headphones against one another.<p>Audiophiliac readers might have noticed I don't cover Bluetooth headphones, mostly because I feel the sound compromises, compared with similarly priced wired headphones, are too great. …

Headphones

Zyxel PLA5236KIT AC900 Powerline Wireless Extender kit review

A cheap alternative to Wi-Fi systems<p><b>The Good</b> The Zyxel PLA5236KIT can easily extend a home network without you having to run network cables. It's also affordable.<p><b>The Bad</b> The messy web interface makes the setup process challenging for home users. The kit has slow performance and, as a powerline …

Wi-Fi

Smart running shoes won’t make you faster, but they could help you avoid getting hurt

Altra’s Torin IQ were inevitable. Sensors integrated into articles of clothing have long been acknowledged to be the next step in wearable tech, and the Utah-based footwear maker just happened to beat most of its competition to the finish line with a pair of running shoes that bake tracking …

Wearable Tech

Apple will replace your busted iPad 4 with the iPad Air 2

If you bought Apple's first iPad with the now-ubiquitous Lightning connector (released way back in late 2012) and need to get it repaired, you might end up with a pleasant upgrade. According to a memo obtained by <i>9to5Mac</i>, Apple has basically run out of that old iPad and is now replacing it with the …

iOS

10 Best Audiophile Gadgets Under $200

The miniRIG Will Help You Shoot Better Videos On Your Phone

While our smartphones have become considerably better at taking photos and videos over the past few years, there are just certain things that it …

Microsoft will reveal Project Scorpio Xbox console details at E3 on June 11

Microsoft just sent out invites to members of the media for its big reveal of Xbox Project Scorpio, the upgraded console that will be the “first true 4K console for gamers” according to the company. We’ve long expected E3’s press event to be the big consumer debut for Scorpio, but Microsoft spelled …

Xbox

This Oven Will Actually Make You Fall in Love With Cooking

We know $1,500 is steep, really steep for a smart oven — it's about as much as a new laptop, after all — so could the June Oven possibly be worth every penny of its exorbitant price? I can confidently say <i>yes</i>. After thoroughly testing many foods in this "intelligent convection oven," I admittedly …

Recipes

Look inside this $1 million Apple smart home

Smart Homes